Bangladesh face New Zealand as they target no.6 in rankings

Bangladesh face New Zealand as they target no.6 in rankings

The last match of the Walton tri-nation series is set to take place as Bangladesh will take on New Zealand in the 6th ODI at Clontarf Cricket Ground, Dublin. New Zealand are already the winners with 12 points. [ত্রিদেশীয় সিরিজের শেষ ম্যাচে টাইগারদের সম্ভাব্য একাদশ] 

It will be an opportunity for the Tigers to climb up to number six in the ICC ODI rankings. They must win against the Blackcaps on Wednesday to finish at six before the Champions Trophy. If that happens, Bangladesh will have equal number of 93 points with Sri Lanka. But due to decimal points, they will takeover Sri Lanka. It will be a boost for the Tigers too.

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New Zealand were in complete dominance in their previous match against Ireland which they won by 190 runs after posting a mammoth 344/6 at Malahide. They included Corey Anderson, Adam Milne and Matt Henry to their playing XI in that game.

Bangladesh also had a great game in their last outing. They chased down 182 inside 28 overs against Ireland at Malahide. Soumya Sarkar’s form is a good news for Bangladesh. The left hander scored two back-to-back half-centuries including 87* last match.

Both New Zealand and Bangladesh are expected to go with their same playing XIs. But if Bangladesh want to rest a few players, opportunities might open for Subashis Roy or Taskin Ahmed or even Nasir Hossain.

New Zealand (likely XI): Luke Ronchi (wk), Tom Latham (capt), Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Colin Munro, Adam Milne, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry

Bangladesh (likely XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Sunzamul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

The match will begin at 10:45 am local time (3:45 pm Bangladesh Standard Time).

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com